Reds started with a man down as John was a little late, however that man advantage that Whites had was foiled by the compact formation that Reds played. It was little over 5 mins when John arrived, that Whites found a breakthrough as Reds were struggling to organize. Kah Boon seized upon an opportunity, drove right through the middle and scored after rounding the keeper. At this point, it seemed like Whites might have had a chance to take control of the game as the Reds players seemed not to be able to connect.
However, it all changed when a cross from the right from Joel was met in the D by Jeremiah and Reds had the equalizer. Similar goals from cut-backs put Reds 3-1 up in no time, with Jeremiah securing his hat-trick. At this point, Reds started to control the game with some excellent defending from Jason and Gow who managed to stretch the field making it difficult for Whites to get the ball. Reds used this stretch of play to score two more (Ray/John? & Gow) before Whites (i'm sorry i can't remember who scored here :/) pulled one back to try to wrestle back the game. Whites started to pour men forward at all opportunities to get something from it, and the Reds wasted a few good chances to put the game out of reach.
With the game nearing the end, a quick counter-attack saw John finish the game with a well-taken goal. 6-2 to the Reds.
--- On hindsight, Reds were a bit stronger but we also did play with a lot more discipline, keeping our shape throughout the game!
Also, with the man advantage, i think we may have to consider where shooting from the halfway line instead of the spot for the team with a man up, or maybe somewhere between that (although that may be hard to judge)
Last Edit: Nov 20, 2013 23:56:52 GMT 8 by Joel Lim
Personally, I thought the impact that John was slightly late was minimal as normal game resumes after 5 mins. Think you said it, the distinction between the two teams was more on the shape and discipline. One more crucial point was that we spread the play very well and use the width to great use. And that was aided with the wingbacks defending in Gow and Jason.
Opposition uses more on the center and high pressing forces them to use quite a number of long balls which concede possessions. Team was pretty balance I thought but maybe a few on the Reds has played together and that gives a very slight edge.